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With the recent growth of heated conservatories in the UK, many of you are now able to grow exotic stove plants that in the past were the exclusive domain of green fingered tropical enthusiasts. I have chosen a selection of easy and difficult plants many that I have personally grown over the years, but deliberately excluded items I found impossible, despite the many seed catalogue assurances to the contrary. I hope this brings another dimension to your exotic collection that can be appreciated during the winter months in your conservatory, greenhouse or even in a sunny window.

Abelmoschus
Hibiscus Manihot
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10 seeds 2.54   JS804 

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A spectacular annual shrub like plant best treated as an annual in the UK. Huge 6 hibiscus like yellow blooms with a maroon central blotch. They do need heat to get going but a 6ft Abelmoschus plant with side shoots covered in these gorgeous blooms is achievable in a single season from seed. Very fast growing in heat, the large, attractive leaves can be used in salads, stir-fries, soups or other dishes. A single leaf can cover a slice of bread in a sandwich and is used like lettuce. The leaves are tender when raw but turn slimy if overcooked. They are very high in nutrition.

Abelmoschus Moschatus Pacific mixed
Musk Mallow n
10 seeds 2.87   JS982

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A cultivated dwarf form of Abelmoschus used for unusual bedding in a warm, sunny position. They form neat exotic spreading bushes 12 to 18 of deep green foliage covered with numerous white-centred, orange-scarlet or light pink, Hibiscus-like blooms, each 3 to 4 inches across.

Abutilon Giant Flowered Mixed

Chinese Hat Plant - Mixed Colours n
10 seeds 1.95   JS3705 

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An excellent conservatory plant with a larger, looser habit than F1 Bella. Flowers in attractive veined mixed shades to 90cm. Tough plants that will tolerate a very mild frost so useful in cold conservatories.

Abutilon hybrids - F1 Bella series
Chinese Hat Plant - Mixed Colours n
10 seeds 3.08   JS175 

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Hybrid Abutilons make lovely conservatory plants. For 2006 we offer a mixed colour range of a new very floriferous dwarf F1 hybrid suitable for summer bedding and over wintering under glass as a pot plant. Huge 10cm open flowers in Apricot, Coral, Pink, Red, Salmon and White. New seed variety with terrific customer feedback that begins flowering when only 6" tall, but expensive to source.

Adenium obesum mixed
Desert Rose mixed shades n
10 seeds 2.95   JS2737 

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Adenium are succulents that come from dry arid conditions on the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa. They develop large fat trunks even after 2 or 3 months from seed called a caudex, for water storage. They start to flower when quite small only 25cm tall and make excellent house or conservatory plants well adapted to dry atmosphere conditions.

Aechmea bracteata
Bromeliad species n
10 seeds 2.45  JS3204 

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A delightful species bromeliad that clumps quickly into a great specimen plant. Native to Mexico and Belize to Brazil and Colombia. Popular as an ornamental plant; it is widely grown for its nice foliage and beautiful flowers. If pollinated, the red berries change colour to white and then turn dark blue. Sometimes a challenge to grow from seeds but they make an excellent interior plant that is easily cared for so well worth a try.

Aechmea recurvata
Bromeliad n
10 seeds 2.45  JS3071 

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Aechmea recurvata is a variable tough cold hardy species from the bromeliad family. It is a plant from Chile and Uruguay where I originally acquired seeds to grow our own stock plants. It can grow to a height of 60 cm but usually smaller and makes an excellent and unusual house plant. The purple flowered inflorescence protrude above the foliage and are quite spectacular, up to 20 cm tall and bearing different tints of red. The foliage consists of 30 cm long rigid and curving leaves that turn a spectacular red in the centre while it is in flower - absolutely stunning as you can see in the picture taken from our own flowering plants.

The ends of the leaves and the sides are a bit spiky the only slight negative about this plant, and they do need full but not burning sunshine when coming into flower to get the best colouration and water sparingly.

Amorphophallus paeoniifolius

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Elephant Yam n
10 seeds 3.95   JS861

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What a fantastic 3ft tall 2ft wide flower and a must for any tropical enthusiast. Often used as a food crop in many parts of the world by cooking the large tuber which can weigh up to 5kg on a five year old plant. It produces a single leaf and has one of the largest flowers in the world although the smell necessary to attract pollinating flies is something awful. It will take a few years to reach flowering size but first year seedlings will produce attractive 3 or 4 tropical, 2ft tall umbrella like leaves. Store the tubers overwinter in the same way as gloxinia or caladium in a warm position.

Asparagus Ornamental Ferns
Florists Fern
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15 seeds  1.49

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Asparagus Plumosas - An attractive fern like climber used by florists in bouquets with carnations etc. Non climbing in it's juvenile stage it makes a small bushy house plant but eventually turn into a ferny climber, albeit with thorny stems.

Asparagus Sprengeri - This evergreen arching perennial has feathery, needle-like, trailing green foliage giving an open, loose appearance in growth. In summer the plant has small white flowers that are followed by bright red berries. The plant can grow 24 to 36 inches in height and to a width of 3 to 4 ft. It will grow in sun or even fairly dense shade, however, it would prefer some shade to maintain a darker green colour leaf

Asparagus Myersii - Evergreen arching perennial supports cylindrical sprays. The plant can grow to 4ft in height and to a width of 3 to 4 feet. It will grow in sun or even fairly dense shade, however maintaining a darker green colour leaf in shade.

Bauhinia galpinii
Red Orchid Tree or Pride of De Kaap n
10 seeds 2.34   JS1747

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A scandent shrub from South Africa, easy to cultivate and requires little attention once established. The leaves are two-lobed, resembling a butterfly in shape, and 2-3 cm long. It bears a profusion of red flowers about 2-5 cm in diameter. Suitable for cool house but well worth trying outside in milder areas as if it is cut down by frost it can sprout again from the base. It produces its brick red flowers for a long period during the summer months from September to March but will also flower sporadically throughout the rest of the year. Certain butterfly larvae feed on the leaves which might be useful for breeding tropical butterflies. Seeds germinate easily.
 

Bauhinia monandra
Pink
Orchid Tree n
5 seeds 2.25   JS3654

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Bauhinia monandra, the Pink Orchid Tree is a fast growing tropical shrub or small tree growing up to a height of 20 feet with a spreading habit. However it may be grown under glass with warmth and bright light and kept pruned to a small size so good for a warm conservatory. This very rare variety develops large pink orchid-like flowers with yellow edged red blotches to 6" across. The large leaves are also very exotic looking.
 

Bauhinia variegata
Orchid Tree n
10 seeds 3.24   JS923

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The Purple Orchid Tree is an exotic tropical tree that blooms over a long period of time. The flower is purple and orchid-like in appearance, though not related to actual orchids. The foliage is light green and deeply notched at the tip. Bauhinia can reach up to 20 feet tall but smaller if pot grown. Easy to raise from seed.

Bixa orellana
Annatto or Liptstick Plant n
10 seeds 2.95   JS849

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Bixa orellana is a useful and very ornamental single or multi stemmed small tree to 6m, that can be kept smaller in a pot for conservatory or greenhouse use.  The terminal racemes of flowers in red, pink or white appear on the branch tips followed by bright red fruits of soft spiny capsules containing many seeds. Our seed taken from ornamental plants exhibits bright scarlet seed pods on two year old or more plants. A novelty plant as well as an excellent flowering ornamental that can be even used as a replacement for lipstick!!

Native to tropical America, Annatto, obtained from the oily arils of the seeds is the world's second most important (after caramel) natural colorant, yielding yellow to red colours. Not only was the dye used anciently to colour food, but also to dye cloth and paint the skin (which is still done today). The pulp surrounding the seeds is widely used in herbal medicine to treat a number of problems. The seeds are processed to obtain the orange-yellow pigments, bixin and norbixin (caratenoids), as dye for the food, cosmetic and soap industries. Traditionally, the crushed seeds are soaked in water that is allowed to evaporate. A brightly coloured paste is then made. In the 17th century the colour was used to darken chocolate. Worldwide trade in this plant has introduced it as a colouring to rice, meat, stews and stir-fries in many parts of the world, including Asia, and Africa, and is still widely used in South America and the Caribbean.

Bolusanthus speciosus
Tree Wisteria n
10 seeds 3.99   JS927

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The tree wisteria is certainly one of the most spectacular of South Africas indigenous trees when in flower, mimicking the splendour of the jacaranda. This decorative, small to medium-sized tree is deciduous, dropping its leaves only for a short period in early spring. Normally multi-stemmed, so ideal for pot growing, the drooping, blue-mauve, fragrant, pea-like flowers hang from the branches in bunches, often covering the whole tree. Flowering time is from spring to early summer.

Bromelia pinguin

Wild Pineapple n
10 seeds 2.45   JS3608

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This tropical Bromeliad is native to Central America through to Mexico and the West Indies. It is very common in Jamaica, where it is planted as a fence around pasture lands, on account of its prickly leaves. The fruit, known as piuela is dug out of the protective "hair", peeled like a banana, and eaten. They are said to be slightly tart. The leaves gradually change from a shiny green to a reddish colour as they age. The white or pinkish flowers are produced on a dense panicle that arises from the heart of the plant. The plant also yields a fibre for thread making called pinguin, which can be used as substitute for jute.

Brunfelsia floribunda
Yesterday, today and tomorrow flower n
10 seeds 3.16   JS332

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One of my favourite shrubs to grow in the conservatory, greenhouse or a favoured position indoors. The plant gets its name from the flowers that fade to almost white over three days. Dislikes full sun and is relatively pest free. Almost Bonsai in its habit as it ages with woody stems

Cacti Mixed
Mixed Cacti n
15 seeds 2.42   JS928

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Useful mix of cactus for anyone with a panache for spikes embedded in your fingers while potting up! Seriously though the flowers can be wonderful on a well grown cactus, they are easy to look after, and especially tolerant of dry conditions.
 

Cacti Opuntia Mixed
Mixed Cacti n
15 seeds 2.42   JS929

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Useful mix of Opuntia cactus many of which produce edible fruit.

Caesalpinia pulcherrima
Pride of Barbados n
10 seeds 2.66 

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We offer the normal orange-red form and a mixed colour packet of these spectacular, tropical looking exotic flowers. A well-adapted desert shrub it can reach 6ft. high & wide in warm frost-free areas. Flowers constantly from spring to autumn. Fast growing, heat and alkaline tolerant. Lightly sand the seeds and soak in water for 6-8 hours, then germinate at 20-26C. Mixed packet contains shades of Pink, Yellow, Red and Orange.

Calathea lutea
Mexican Cigar Plant n
10 seeds 3.50   JS2387

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The genus Calathea, native to tropical America, consists of about 100 species largely valued for their decorative foliage. Calathea lutea is one of the taller species and can grow eventually to a height of 2.5 m producing cigar-shaped brown bracts. The paddle-shaped leaves have attractive, reflective silver undersides.

Calliandra eriophylia
Pink Powder Puff Tree or Fairy Duster n
10 seeds 2.95   JS3602

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Calliandra eriophylla, commonly known as Fairy Duster, is a low spreading 50cm shrub native to deserts and arid grasslands from to Mexico. The flowers, which appear late winter to late spring, have dense clusters of pale to deep pink stamens and are about 5 cm wide. Its small size lends itself to pot culture under glass.

Calliandra haematocephala
Red Powder Puff Tree n
10 seeds 2.95   JS931

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Spectacular, orange-red, exotic flowers lend a tropical effect to this well-adapted A rambling shrub or small tree with branched pinnate, silky leaves and powder-puff-like balls of conspicuous dark crimson stamens. Fantastic looking shrub that can be grown and flowered in a pot with greenhouse protection.

Cassia didymobotrya
Popcorn Cassia n
10 seeds 2.95   JS1481

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A shrub to 3 metres high but smaller if pot grown. The bright yellow flowers are grouped in upright inflorescences, up to 30 centimetres long, arranged at the end of a long bent stalk. This plant is native of tropical Africa, widely used as an ornamental species in tropical and sub-tropical gardens for the chromatic effect of its flowers.

Cecropia herthae
Cecropia Tree n
10 seeds  1.95   JS3278

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Cecropia herthae is an unusual magnificent, large, sparsely branching, stilt-rooted tree, native to humid forests in South America with big, round, palmate leaves on long stalks, divided to the base into many segments about 70 cm long. Although Cecropia herthae is a fast growing, adaptable, and a beautiful tree for the tropics it might be fun to try some small plants in a warm greenhouse or conservatoty.

Cestrum nocturnum
Lady of the Night n
10 seeds  3.50   JS1552

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This plant has one of the strongest fragrances around in the evening, when the scent becomes almost intoxicating. A common misconception is that it is only fragrant at night, however you can still smell a light scent all day long which increases in intensity into the evening. They bloom on and off during the warmer months of the year and grow quickly so regular pruning will be needed to keep it contained.

Chlorophytum comosum
Spider Plant  n
10 seeds  1.25   JS3656

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Chlorophytum comosum, the spider plant is considered one of the most adaptable of houseplants and the easiest to grow. This plant can grow in a wide range of conditions and suffers from few problems. The spider plant is so named because of its spider-like plants, or spiderettes, which dangle down from the mother plant like spiders on a web.

Colvillea racemosa

New for 2017!
Colville's Glory
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10 seeds  2.45   JS3783

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Related to the Poinciana this tree has huge racemes of golden flowers. A large tree though from 10m to 20m and really only suitable for the tropics preferring hot dry conditions like its native habitat in Madagascar. Pretty foliage though if grown as a novelty in a warm greenhouse.

Cryptostegia grandiflora
Rubber Vine
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10 seeds  1.95   JS3683

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A very pretty and fast growing sub shrub with lilac Allamanda like flowers native to Madagascar. The tubular portion is tinged with a deeper pink. Flowers are about 5cm across. The irritating sap used to be harvested in India for quality latex rubber. Left as a stand alone plant it forms a shrub to 6ft but if given support turns into a rambling climber.
 

Cyperus alternifoliius
Umbrella Grass  n
(Pr Pkt) 1.78   JS346

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A useful grass like plant for indoor use given plenty of light. Like it's sister the Papyrus it needs plenty of water to do well. Grows to about 2ft and easy from seed. A tough plant that only needs an occasional light trim of dead leaf stalks.

Duranta repens
Sky Flower  n

10 seeds 2.62   JS2770

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A large subtropical shrub to 10ft, native from Florida to Brazil and the Caribbean islands. However it flowers when quite small and is useful in containers if kept pruned to size. The pale blue small flowers are produced in clusters at the end of arching stems and their mild, sweet fragrance is attractive to butterflies. Plants flower more profusely under full-sun conditions but easy to grow.

 

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Germination --- Easy n, Moderate n and Challenging n

Backlog for Fresh Seed --- u     New Seeds not in Catalogue ---

Hardiness --- ] (To -5C) ]] (To -10C) ]]] (To -15C) 

Growing Symbols ---  Sunny position Shady position S  Lots of Water